Tuesday, May 15, 2007

work begins!

moss, michel and the splitter

From Bambi:

Work began this past weekend with Moss, Matt, Daisy, Zinnnia, Michel, Symbient, Wave & myself showing up for three days of lovely weather. Ken from Newfane stopped by for a visit on Monday.

All of the spring flowers were popping out all over along with the garden seeds planted at the last work weekend. The variety of vilolets: yellow, light blue, and whites along with a flowering dogwood near the brook made way for sightings of trout lily and spring beauties. Three deer were sighted in the new meadow munching along a perimeter of of dafodils and we found beer tracks in the mud near the workshop area.

We all worked on mapping out a schedule for the work (something which I'll post on the website calendar), disussed next steps before Whitman begins, cleaned out the kitchen, splitting the summer's firewood (thanks Moss for hauling the splitter down), filling drums for wash water, and seeding in the new meadow with conservation mix and red clover. We also set up the workshop with the red frame & tarps as well as heralding the arrival of the timber framing tools.

Wave has arrived to start his extended stay on the land until early June. Please make a point of visiting to say hullo. We're planning on having work weekends every weekend in the foreseeable future to begin work on the timbers again. The hope it to have dedicated crews pull things together so we can raise the walls at the Governess gathering. Come on up and help out with the timber framing, tend the garden, or help out with making meals.

While we were on the land, we'd hoped to make it down to Azteca to have a well deserved dinner out. Well sadly, it's closed. We'll have to look into options for getting water and a good burrito. We ended up at Nick's Sports Bar and had the place to ourselves harrying the barkeep with orders of curly fries as we switched the TV to the Nature channel. We also made it down to the diner in Chester where we crammed into a booth (for a bit) and were treated to a sample of some fine custard. Yum. I won't mention the run to Baba-a-Louis for cream puffs and other pastries.

Thaddeus was able to make it up to gravel and grade the road, something which was sorely needed after amazing mud! We're asking folks to try to drive up the road slowly! Put your vehicle in a lower gear, it will give your engine more torque to make up the hill and it won't rip up the fresh gravel.

See you all on the land!


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